Mayor Biggs vows council will oppose any new Grammar schools in Tower Hamlets

The Prime Minister’s new policy allowing new grammar schools to open will be opposed by Tower Hamlets Council, the Mayor has said.

The Mayor has instructed council officers that the council’s resources should be entirely focused on expanding and improving our excellent comprehensive schools, not supporting selective grammar schools.

The pledge comes after activists were out campaigning across the borough last weekend against the Government’s new grammar schools policy.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said:

“Our borough has some of the best state schools in the capital, we don’t want to jeopardise that progress by encouraging segregation in our education system.

“One of Tower Hamlets’ greatest strengths is our diversity and people of different backgrounds and talents working together. That is the total opposite of grammar schools who discriminate based on ability and try to hive off the highest achievers. That just segregates society further.  

“I want to see every penny possible spent on improving schools that are open for everyone, that’s why whilst I am Mayor the council’s policy will be to oppose any new grammar schools opening in our borough.”

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